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-offs for national security and we just can't go there. >> does chuck hagel get this? can he do the job in your opinion? is he aware of these argue ents? >> i certainly believe so. i think he has talked about a bloated defense enterprise. i certainly hope he will take some of these issues on if he is confirmed. >> once again just to conclude and we appreciate your time very, very much. we can protect our national security as we must but at the same time we can slim down the defense department, we can make some cuts. that's what you're saying? >> i believe that's what we can do if we take the cuts in the right place. >> michelle flournoy, former undersecretary of defense under president obama, we appreciate it very much. thank you. >> now, folks, prepare yourself, america the mighty, ann coulter is about to join us. there's a lot that happened today that we'll have to ask her about that include new revelations about benz and the controversial drone program. you don't want to miss this discussion. ♪ if loving you is wrong ♪ i don't wanna be right [ record scratch ] what?! it's not bad for you
, incoming, hagel, dr. ash carter. there's no flexibility to do this, particularly in 22 weeks. this is bad -- >> i agree there's no -- i agree about the flexibility part. i must say, though, where i might disagree is according to what i've read they didn't start planning for this until december. and i think that put them way behind the 8 ball. so now they're throwing all this stuff out. i mean, let me ask you this, general. just the last question. essentially, doing some math, adjusting for inflation, the military budget would probably come down, department of defense, 054 in the jargon of the budget, would come back to about 2006 levels. that was the height of the iraq war. is that enough to sustain our national security? >> look, i think once we're out of afghanistan, i think we're going to be almost entirely out in 2014. one of the things that's going to happen is we're going to avoid $6 billion a month burn rate. gas, wounded, et cetera. we came out of iraq. that was another giant delta in the expenditures of d.o.d. there are savings coming. we need to reshape the force. we need to thi
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